martes, 3 de noviembre de 2009

Sivananda Gurugram - November 2009

Issue #11/2009 – Nov 01, 2009

Published from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Canada

Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at



Love all, because all are the manifestations of the One Self.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


* News
* Sivananda Yoga FAQ
* Hatha Yoga Tips
* Yoga Sanskrit Glossary
* Vegetarian Cuisine
* Upcoming Events
* International News
* Yoga Camp, Val Morin
* Yoga Farm, California
* Sivananda Ashram, Kerala
* Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas
* Retreat House, Austria
* Chateau du Yoga, Orleans
* Sivananda Ashram, Netala
* Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
* Yoga Centre, London
* Yoga Centre, Berlin
* Yoga Centre, Munich
* Yoga Centre, Vienna
* Yoga Centre, Buenos Aires
* Yoga Centre, Chennai
* Yoga Centre, Chicago
* Yoga Centre, New Delhi
* Yoga Centre, Dwarka, New Delhi
* Yoga Centre, Geneva
* Yoga Centre, Los Angeles
* Yoga Centre, Madrid
* Yoga Centre, Madurai, India
* Yoga Centre, Montevideo
* Yoga Centre, Montreal
* Yoga Centre, New York
* Yoga Centre, Paris
* Yoga Centre, Rome
* Yoga Centre, San Francisco
* Yoga Centre, Tel Aviv
* Yoga Centre, Toronto
* Yoga Centre, Trivandrum



Blessed Self, Om Namah Sivaya,
In the spirit of expansion of the Sivananda Organization, the 4th of October
2009 saw the opening of the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Eastern
Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania. On the most full moon of the year the new
Sivananda Centre attracted over 250 people for an Open House day. Yoga Acharyas
Swami Durgananda and Swami Atmaramananda blessed the Centre with uplifting talks
on Swami Vishnudevananda, sharing their love and enthusiasm with all. The
organization is very blessed to be instruments of the Masters, for bringing the
teachings to this new part of the world.

In His Service,
Swami Durgananada, Swami Atmaramananda, Bhima

A reminder of the Yoga for Inner Peace Event -
A Reunion of Sivananda Yoga Teachers
August 12,13, 14th 2010 at the Yoga Camp, Val Morin, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves,
It was felt that mankind will be at a critical juncture in the very near future.
There was a strong desire among all present to reach out to as many of our
extended family as possible; to bring them together to renew their commitment to
and inspire them to extend Swami Vishnu-devananda's vision of "Unity in
Diversity" in the true spirit of the True World Order. We found at the Yoga
Reunion that this is what most participants wanted - a direct and renewed
contact with the teachings through those who had the direct contact with Swami
Vishnu-devananda. We very much look forward to your input and your participation
of this event. May the Gurus blessings be with us all.

May Master and Swamiji's blessings be with us, always.
Prem and Om,
Swami Mahadevananda

The Atman neither dies, nor is born, nor has any modifications.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: Does the mental equilibrium of an advanced Yogi get affected when attacked
by some serious disease? How does he/she react on such occasions?

A: Never. If there is any thought of the body or the disease or the bodily
affliction or something that cannot be tolerated by the fleshy frame, remember
that he is no advanced Yogi or saint or Sannyasin. He who has no thought of
himself or the surroundings or the world, he who is centered in his own Self or
his beloved Ishta Devata or gracious Guru, and he who is entirely oblivious of
limitations of any sort, and identifies himself with the limitless, disease-
less, unconditioned, all-pervasive Brahman, is a true and advanced Yogi or
Bhakta or Jnani; and not otherwise. He can have no match in the whole world in
the matter of utter indifference either towards his disease or towards his
limited, perishable body or the whole world. He always remains in his own Self
and he never loses his balance under any circumstance. He firmly believes that
he is the Infinite, the Absolute Brahman. He firmly believes that death awaits
all and snatches away everyone at one time or the other and that the six Urmis
Shoka, Moha, Kshut, Pipasa, Jara and Mrityu-- are but common to all the Jivas,
not necessarily mankind, and that he is the deathless, imperishable and eternal
Brahman. Hence there can be no mental upset for him even amidst crucial tests.

Q 2: How are people benefited by a pilgrimage?

A: This question has to be answered by each pilgrim for himself. The spiritual
benefit always depends entirely upon the heart's faith. Faith is the life-breath
of the spirit in man. No spiritual endeavour can be fruitful without it. With
it, no spiritual achievement is impossible. If a pilgrim heartily believed, was
convinced, and was certain-at-heart that all his sins would be washed away, that
he would attain Moksha and get beyond the wheel of Samsara, there is absolutely
no reason why it should not actually prove to be so. A pilgrimage like Badri-
Yatra can wash off all your sins and enable you to take great strides towards
the Great Goal-- Self-realization--if you have firm faith in its glory. But,
remember, the test of this faith is what you are after you return from the
pilgrimage; if, after the pilgrimage, you prove that you have been thoroughly
purged of all your sins, that all the evil Samskaras have been washed away by
the holy waters of the rivers you have bathed in, and that you have been filled
with the spiritual vibrations of the sublime atmosphere you have sojourned in,
and if you live a pure life of righteousness, devotion, truth, love and purity,
you have certainly been liberated. The pilgrimage has served its supreme
purpose. Some pilgrims do rise to such spiritual heights, though their number
may be small, and though they may not advertise their achievements.

Banish all barriers/boundaries from your mind. Barriers and boundaries are
illusory products of Avidya/Ignorance. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous FAQs at



PURVOTTANASANA – Upward Plank Pose

Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your hands several inches behind your hips
and your fingers pointing forward. Bend your knees and place your feet on the
floor, big toes turned inward, heels at least a foot away from your buttocks.
Exhale, press your inner feet and hands down against the floor, and lift your
hips until you come into a reverse tabletop position, torso and thighs
approximately parallel to the floor, shins and arms approximately perpendicular.
Without losing the height of your hips, straighten your legs one at a time. Lift
your hips still higher without hardening your buttocks. Press your shoulder
blades against your back torso to support the lift of your chest. Without
compressing the back of your neck, slowly drop your head back. Hold for 30
seconds. Sit back down in Dandasana with an exhale.


* Strengthens the arms, wrists and legs
* Stretches the shoulders, chest, and front ankles
* Relieves fatigue

Moksha is in the heart of every human - free from hatred, lust, egoism, greed
and desires.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous Yoga Tips at


JALA SAMADHI – The ceremony of merging a body with sacred water. Swami Vishnu-
devananda attained Mahasamadhi on November 9, 1993. His body was then placed
into the Ganges at the Sivananda Kutir, and the rite named jalasamadhi was
performed, merging the abandoned body with the water. His body was then placed
into the Ganges at the Sivananda Kutir, and the rite named jalasamadhi was
performed, merging the abandoned body with the water. His body was then placed
into the Ganges at the Sivananda Kutir, and the rite named jalasamadhi was
performed, merging the abandoned body with the water.

Knowledge reveals itself. It is not taught. It embraces everything in its fold. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Complete glossary can be found at:


From Chapter II: "Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines"

'They have pleasure or pain as their fruit, according to whether their
cause is virtue or vice'.

Understanding this, the yogi strives to do only good actions and to
accept peacefully the ill that comes his way so that all his seeds of
Karma are burned and no new ones are known.

The love you bear to anything is an aspect of the love that you bear to Brahman.
Things are dear, because the Self is mirrored in them. - Sri Swami Sivananda

VEGETARIAN CUISINE - from 'The Yoga Cook Book'
– a collection of recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Centres

WHEAT-FREE CREPES – For breakfast or a snack these light crispy crepes are so
good that they can be served plain or with maple syrup. For a festive breakfast,
serve them with Baked Bananas. They can also be filled with either a sweet or
savoury filling, folded and topped with syrup or sauce.
Serves 4 -6


100g (4oz) soy flour
225 g (8oz) rice flour
3 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
350ml (12fl oz) water
1-2 tsp honey
4 tbsp oil
oil for frying
maple syrup or raisin sauce to serve


1. Combine the soy flour, rice flour, baking powder and salt
2. Add the water a little at a time, stirring so that the mixture is smooth
3. Gradually beat in the honey and the oil – the mixture should be quite
4. Heat a heavy frying pan over high heat, reduce to medium heat and brush
with oil.
5. Add a ladleful of the mixture to the pan and flatten out thinly with the
back of the spoon
6. Fry until the centre bubbles, turn it over and cook until golden brown
7. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 10-12 crepes
8. Serve hot, with syrup or sauce

Equip yourself with these ingredients. The four means of salvation: Viveka
(discrimination between the real and the unreal); Vairagya (dispassion); Shad
Sampat (six-fold virtues) and Mumukshutva (eagerness for liberation). Then add
Hearing, Reflecting and Meditation. Then alone you can have an integral
experience, Self-realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda

Previous recipes can be found at:



02 - Full Moon
09 - Swamiji's Mahasamadhi
11 - Swamiji's Jalasamadhi
12 - Ekadasi
16 - New Moon
28 - Ekadasi

You cannot realize the Infinite by mere metaphysical speculation.
- Sri Swami Sivananda


Oct 17-Nov 15/09
TTC – Spanish
Merlo, San Luis, Argentina

Oct 25-Nov 22/09
TTC – English
Madurai Ashram, South India

Nov 14-Dec 12/09
TTC – English
Val Morin, QC- Canada

Oct 25-Nov 22/09
Ayurveda Wellness Course – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Nov 15-Dec 13/09
TTC – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Nov 29-Dec 27/09
TTC – English
Madurai Ashram, South India

Dec 06/09 -Jan 02/10
TTC – International
Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 15-Dec 29/09
Fasting & Detoxification Program – English
Neyyar Dam, South India

Dec 19/09-Jan 17/10
TTC – English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol
Reith, Austria

Jan 03-Jan 18/10
Sadhana Intensive– English
Madurai Ashram, South India

Jan 03-Jan 31/10
TTC – Spanish, Portuguese, English
Garopaba, Brasil

Jan 06-Feb 02/10
ATTC – International
Nassau, Bahamas

See full list of international courses and events:

True knowledge reveals itself. It is not taught. It embraces everything in its
- Sri Swami Sivananda


The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams:

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp, Sivananda Headquarters, Val Morin, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya, Greetings from the Headquarters. In early October the Camp had
a wonderful conclusion of the TTC. We started to close down everything for the
winter as the cold has been slowly creeping in. The Thanksgiving weekend was
amazing with one of the largest gatherings of guests students and teachers that
we have had in many, many years for this occasion. Shankara Chaitanya and Lalita
Ambika, organised a group trip of 35 teachers and students to come to the Ashram
from the Montreal Centre. The Satsangs were powerful with dynamic chanting. We
had a Sitar concert, with our neighbour Uwe Neumann and Ravi on Tabla which was
applauded with resounding cheering and clapping. The cookery workshop with
Shankara Chaitanya was a big success with 25 people, some coming from the local
area. The weekend was appreciated by new guests and old. The Temple was busy
during the long weekend with many devotees arriving. We said goodbye to Uni, who
served in Temple kitchen the whole season. We also bid a fond farewell to Swami
Gayatriananda who once again gave her all in the service of running the Temple
for another long summer. All send their pranams. All at the Camp send Pranams
and prayers for Peace. OM.

Sivananda Dhanwanthari Ashram, Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. A Ganapati homa was held to clear the way for the high
energy of the busy season now starting at the Ashram. It coincided with the
beginning of the new Malayalam month and also with the birthday of Lord
Dhanwanthari, the namesake of our Ashram. The 'day-off' was brought forward to
a Thursday so that a new yoga vacation could start on 16th, as usual. The
numbers of guests for the new yoga vacation increased to 65, and were most
inspired, with lots of questions about Kirtan, meditation and a joyous spirit
during karma yoga. Both Lalitha Sahasranama and Mahisasura Mardini are now
being chanted to the Divine Mother every evening in the Devi temple. For
Diwali, both staff and guests beautifully arranged candles throughout the
temple. Painters and plasterers were carrying out various jobs in all corners
of the Ashram before it becomes full season in mid-November.

In mid-October preparations for the TTC in November continued with the
renovations and painting work on the Kailash and Vaikuntham buildings. New staff
started to arrive. We welcomed Atma Jyoti from Spain. Urishima came to help out
as a karma yogi until the TTC begins. A new house was officially opened on
Sunday for our paid staff, Latta and her two daughters. Om Namah Sivaya from all
staff at Neyyar Dam.

Sivananda Ashram, Netala, Uttarkashi, Himalayas, North India

Om Namo Narayanaya - Greetings from Uttar Kashi. With the blessings of Master
and Swamiji the first week of TTC went very well. We had a Ganapati Homa,
followed by an inauguration ceremony, with 30 students being initiated into the
course. One Friday most students ventured into Uttar Kashi to explore the local
area. In the first week of TTC, the group energy was very good with students
being very positive and open to the course/teachings. We enjoyed clear blue
skies and warm sunny days with the signs of winter quickly approaching as nights
became longer and cooler. Vishnu Kutir work continued on the boundary wall
around the compound and by the riverside. Construction went very well. We
started work in September and expect to finish at the end of November. Gangotri
Cave closed for the winter after Diwali. Staffs are well and send their pranams.

In mid-October TTC's third week went very well. As Gangaji water levels are
low, we wrapped up warm for a beautiful morning Satsang at Samadhi Rock. We had
a Sudarsana Homam. We went on a trip to Nachiketa Lake where the weather was
very clear, warm and fresh as we hiked through the jungle forest path, enjoying
the monkeys and spectacular landscape views of snow-capped peaks of the
Himalayas. It was a wonderful day with walks, scenery, Puja and then time for
shopping in Uttar Kashi on the way back. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early October the yoga vacation course went well. The
preparation for the high season also went well. Suvida left and Chinnamma,
Santhosh and Iswara arrived. All staff are well and doing their spiritual
sadhana. OM.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch Colony, Woodburne, NY, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! Early October was inspiring. Bob Bourdon and Joanne Parent
visited the Ashram, sharing the Native American traditions. We learned lessons
of the land, they performed three sweat lodges, lead us in evening story-telling
and lead a beautiful morning sun rising ceremony. Lila Lolling lead a Deaf Yoga
Retreat, with 15 students. We were blessed to have the group with us and once
again learned from their community. We hosted an Advanced Permaculture Design
Course with Dave Jacke and Michael Judd. There were 20 students in the group,
who learned and designed future plans for all aspects and facets of the Ashram.
Srinivasan, Vidya Chaitanya (from Los Angeles Centre), Gauri Devi, Mahadev and
Kumari all attended the course with the intention to integrate the design with a
whole perspective.

In mid-October the Ashram completed its first Advanced Permaculture Design
Course with Dave Jacke and Michael Judd. During the course of the week the
students explored the land, its patterns and many of the systems at work here.
During that weekend we had a full house with other guests arriving for a yoga
vacation. We held an Emotional Freedom Technique workshop with Kamala and
Marilyn. It was a beautiful weekend with the changing colours of Fall and clear
blue skies. Om Shanti. May the Gurus' blessings of be with us all.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, California, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early October the first week of TTC went well as students
got used to the schedule. All did well, as well as the staff and teachers. We
had 2 astounding performances, one by musician Michael Irvine on Sarod and
Krishna on tablas, and one by Sri Lata Suresh and her student on Bharata Natyam
dance. We also had a visit of Komilla Sutton, an Indian and British astrologer
who reminded us of our time to be calm and cautious as well as the necessity to
replenish ourselves as overall we are suffering from weakness due to 5 planets
in debilitation this month and aggressive KE-MARS conjunction in Cancer which
happens exactly when NASA sent rockets to the moon.

Sarada and Mike, who renounced university careers, moved next door to the Yoga
Farm, shared with the students the joys and difficulties of their decision to
live a simple life on the land, off the grid and growing their own food. One
Sunday a group of students of the Intermediate Yoga course came to join the good

In mid-October the 3rd week of TTC went quickly with lots of special programs:
We welcomed Dr. Radin and his wife and assistant, senior researcher and
scientist at Noetic Institute, who are doing research about the precognitive
faculty of the mind. He gave two very well received presentation to the TTC
about Para-psychology as discovered by the new Science to prove the existence of
the mind and ESP. He hooked up some of the staff to EEG machine to be part of
his research on how meditative minds are more perceptive and precognitive. TTC
also enjoyed thoroughly the presentation on Yoga Pschology by Uma Krishnamurty
and her dance performance the next day. Manoj Chalam, an Indian engineer,
turning fervent Vedantin and devotee selling murtis for a living, came after and
gave us great lectures on myths and symbolism of Indian Gods and Goddesses.
Students had a nice Puja at the Durga temple. 22 students took mantra initiation
and received their spiritual name. The TTC students started teaching in groups,
performing well. By the grace of Guru, another TTC is about to complete, steered
by the Guru's will. This is a sincere group of seekers following a difficult,
steep and yet rewarding sadhana journey. We welcomed Brother Rolph who arrived
from Montreal for a week in California. We also welcomed Durgadevi from Holland,
an ex-grad TTC who decided to bring thousands of tulip and flower bulbs from
Holland to plant at the Ashram to be bloomed in the spring. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early October, our staff were busy
preparing for the upcoming season. The buildings were painted, bathrooms
renovated, and gardens planted. Thankfully many new staff members arrived to
help with these preparations. The weather has been hot and sunny and the ocean

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat House, Reith/Kitzbühel Tyrol, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. The last week of the International TTC with its focus on
elevating philosophy and advanced pranayama passed quickly. In the end all 50
students finished the course successfully and the graduation was celebrated with
much joy.

In the first week of the month we offered special workshops for back problems
and better alignment whereas the Satsangs were kept more philosophical. Then
winter arrived all of a sudden with a first untouched layer of fresh snow on the
meadows and hills around. For a few days we had a really wonderful scenery
around. We did Karma Yoga mainly outside, cleared and tidied the garden and
garden tools whilst enjoying fresh winter air. The lectures inside focused on
the relationship between mind and body.

Talks about vegetarian food and a nice vegetarian cooking workshop were much
appreciated. The yoga vacation guests were very keen to study yoga and grateful
for the uplifting experience.

Sivananda Ashram Chateau du Yoga, Orleans, France

Om Namah Sivaya. We had a international group of beginners and advanced guests
for our "Positive Thinking" week at the beginning of the month. For most of them
it was the first Ashram experience and it was nice to see how the group energy
was developing and the chanting became livelier day by day. Eventually, it is
getting colder now and we cannot teach on the outside platform any more –
luckily we have our recently extended Meditation Hall with lots of space inside.
On the 17th we celebrated Diwali with a special Satsang and decorated the
meditation room with many candles – which created a nice energy. Many bookings
are coming in already for the All Saints Retreat, which will also be our last
weekend before the Ashram will be closed for November.

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres:

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. The highlight in October was the Yoga Retreat in Schluesshof, 2
hours from Berlin which we organize twice a year. It was a wonderful time for
both students and the staffs. We could benefit a lot from the yoga practise in
nature, calm meditation mornings, powerful mantra singing, asana classes,
inspiring lectures and refreshing silent walks. The German autumn was very
auspicious and it let us enjoy freshness of the forest and the nearby lake. We
had 70 participants – they were all happy and went back home grateful and
inspired. The Centre has been cared for by our teachers and karma yogis. Courses
in the center are running nicely, we had an inspiring cooking workshop and a
headstand workshop. Our garden has been renewed and prepared for the winter by a
karma yogi. It looks very beautiful and fresh. Swami Atmaramananda went to
Vilnius in Lithuania, to prepare the new Centre for the inauguration, which took
place on Sunday, the 4th of October with an official Opening program with Yoga
Acharaya of Europe, Swami Durgananda. Now he is in Vrindavan, India for TTC,
ATTC and the Yatra which will take place in the beginning of November. OM.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America

Om Namah Sivaya. Hello from Buenos Aires. In early October normal activities in
the Centre continued with courses for beginners, a Meditation Course plus
regular classes. We also had a workshop about Indian cooking, making Indian
breads. We put our efforts into the preparation of the Teachers Training Course
which started mid-October.

In mid-October, as the sun sets later in the day, the student volume is
distributed evenly within every class offered by the center. Meditations
continue on Fridays and Sundays. Every Monday Kirtan workshop is held and then a
choir practice every day in preparation for the year-end party. We also hold a
Saturday practice for advanced students in the sample well. On Mondays we have
the third series of meditation courses, with students find a guide to
understanding the nature of the mind and developing concentration and inner
serenity. Prem & Om to all.

TTC 2009 Merlo, San Luis – Argentina
We started the second TTC in Argentina, this time in the Village of Merlo, that
belongs to the Province of San Luis. The place is very cozy and favorable for
Sadhana; it is surrounded by splendid nature, a privileged view to the chain of
hills called Comechingones located in the western central part of the country,
with paths to the spring called Piedra Blanca, right below the hills...where you
can hear absolute silence. It has a wide garden, with a pool and acres of tree-
lined park, where there is a great variety of native plants: herbaceous,
creeping, bushy and aromatic. There is a special microclimate in the zone; it is
considered one of the three best climates in the world, due to the large
quantity of negative ions and solar energy that generate a higher ozone
concentration, purifying the region's air. The zone is 1000 mts. above sea
level. The variety of birds is impressive, consisting of condors, crows, red
ovenbirds, goldfinches, woodpeckers and the unmistakable swallows, among others.
It is really something special, where you can hear the birds humming, the water
from the spring flowing and gentle whistle of the wind. The view, the hills, the
architecture and the spring remind us of beloved India...some people say the
hills looks like the great Arunachala, the mountain of Lord Shiva, the entrance
of the temple where we meditate and practice devoted to Satguru Swami Sivananda
in Rishikesh, and the spring to the great is like a part of India in
Argentina. We have a marvelous group of 19 spiritual seekers, of different
countries in Latin America: Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia. The
group is very calm and quiet. Most of them arrived on Saturday, October 17th and
on Sunday we had an opening in which we could sense their spirit of internal
quest. Swami Premananda, Kanti Devi, Radha, Madhavi, Vyasa, Gauri, Laura Ruiz,
German, Mahadev and Ambika arranged the place sweetly to welcome everyone in a
typical Sivananda atmosphere. Up to now, we have enjoyed fresh and sunny days
and nights covered with shooting stars. Kanti Devi, Swami Premananda, Radha and
Madhavi delight us with their conferences, speeches and asana classes. Their
presence clearly brings us the energy of the masters. Shanti Devi also arrived
to make delicious meals, where she has already placed Sri Krishna to adore him.
The gift-day went by so fast! We enjoyed a visit to the center of Merlo Village,
with a beautiful excursion to the hills. We have already done two energetic and
silent walks along the path to the hill, meditating in an adorable place with
waterfalls falling over the rocks. We had a special guest, Sergio Bulgakov and
Juan Bianchi, whom delighted us with a concert of Classical Music from India
with Sitar and Tablas. Some staff came back and joined the group: Narada and
Saraswati of Neuquen.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chennai, India

Om Namah Sivaya to all Blessed Selves from the Chennai Centre. In early October
the climate was still hot. The monsoon did not appear in Chennai so far this
year. The student numbers was slightly up from the previous month. We had two
beginners' courses, with good number of students attending. Deevali, the light
festival, encouraged the city into becoming colourfully busy.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Chicago, USA

Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta DWARKA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early October, by the gurus' grace the Centre's activities
went very well. All the classes and courses ran beautifully. The month started
with new beginners' course at 6:30am with good numbers of enthusiastic students.
We welcomed Amaliya as staff. She will be here for the minority days. Pranams to
all Sivananda family.

In mid-October the Centre's activities went well. All the classes continued
energetically. We started with a new beginners' course at 8:00am with adequate
students. One Friday we spend great time with Swami Mahadevananda ji at the
Centre. Pranams to all the Sivananda family. OM Shanti!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta NATARAJA Centre, Delhi, India

Om Namo Narayanaya. In early October two new Yoga 1 classes started. The city
was in the festive mood for Diwali. Sunday's Kid's class and Trial class were
full. Sunday Satsangs continued well, with many teachers joining us. New books
of Motilal Banarsidas, and other few publications, were displayed. We welcomed
Swami Atmaramanandaji from Berlin on his way to Vrindavan TTC.

In mid-October a new Yoga 1 started with Koely Das teaching early morning. Swami
Mahadevananda arrived here from Italy and spent two days. He visited the Dwarka
Centre then left to Tokyo, Japan along with Mani Chaitanya. Sri Nagraj took the
Monday Satsang with a good numbers of students attending. We send Om Namo
Narayanaya to every one.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Om Namah Sivaya. Om Shanti. In early October we started Yoga 1 and Yoga 2. A
trial class had 15 people attending. Other courses continued. There were good
vibrations in the Centre after the Navaratri celebrations. We had good Open
House Day, with some students keenly interested in the beginners' Yoga and
cooking courses. Deewali celebration attracted students and teachers from other
cities. We performed Lakshmi Puja with a lot of chanting, which gave to the
Centre very good vibrations.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, London, England

Om Namah Sivaya. OM & Prem to all. Early October was lively at the Centre, with
plenty of activities. In addition to the usual courses, we had a morning
workshop on "How to Increase Yoga Energy" and a very successful "Beginners
Weekend" with 22 enthusiastic students. They spent the weekend enjoying yoga
classes, nature walks and vegetarian meals. Durga taught the practice while
Swami Krishnadevananda led the workshops on the 5 points. A highlight of the
week was our Deepavali Celebration. We had about 60 students, including several
children, in attendance. All had a chance to partake in the beautiful Puja.
There were many prasads, plus a delicious Indian feast for everyone at the end.
We began to put Prana into the upcoming Peace Festival. There are lovely
posters, designed by Chandra, placed around the Centre, as well as garlands and

Mid-October was a little slower due to the start of school half term. There was
nevertheless a good turn out for our Peace Day. It was a day of free activities
centring on Swamiji's Peace Mission. We had a talk on how to develop Inner
Peace, Akhanda Kirtan of Om Namo Narayanaya and a powerful session of Likhita
Japa – a new technique for many of the students there. The large screen and
projector was set up to show the "In the Name of Peace" video. We had a big
class, with over 50 students, at 4pm. The day ended with a Ganapathi Homa
conducted by a local priest. Swami Gayatriananda provided the Tamil translation
and helped to make sure that all ran smoothly. Swamiji's love and vision were
strongly felt and gave us a chance to deepen our connection with his mission.
Staff are well and send OM & Prem to ALL.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya! Sending our Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madrid, Spain

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed Selves! The highlight of the month was the celebration
of Navaratri during the evening satsangs with Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati
murthi pujas well appreciated by all the students. After the vacations, lot of
people were very enthusiastic to practice Yoga. We started a Yoga 1 with twenty
participants taught by Gauri. We had an Meditation intensive course with a good
participation, taught by Vishnu, plus a Vegetarian-Ayurvedic cooking class,
taught by Saraswati. The participants were very happy to learn vegetarian and
ayurvedic recipes. Another highlight of the month was the visit and program of
Marilyn Rossner who came with Sister Leona. Marilyn gave a wonderfull message of
Peace, Love of God through the practice of Yoga, she spoke about Swamiji, the
early years in the West and his Peace missions. Sister Leona shared a few words
about Swamiji and chanted the "Ave Maria". Marilyn concluded with inspiring
messages from the others planes. The main asanas and meditation room was full.
with one hundred and forty five people, who all left inspired. We had an Open
House with the participation of sixty people. They enjoyed the yoga classes, the
introduction to meditation, the main lecture on Yoga, with asanas demonstration
and the Kitcheri to conclude the evening. A few teachers went to Vrindavan to do
the ATTC and translate the course. We visited a new place for a future retreat.
Four residents from various parts of Spain came to the center for sadhana during
the holiday weekend. May the Divine Mother protect us, guide us and be always
with you all. Om Shanti. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Madurai, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early October all the work, activities and classes continued
smoothly. The Sanskrit class also went well. We started new beginners' class
with ten students. All other functions continued smoothly. We celebrated Dasera
(Vijaya Dasami) in the Madurai Ashram. Teacher Mariswari visited our Centre
with her students. Om Shanti!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Milano, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya. In early October Swami Mahadevananda and Swami Jnaneswariananda
went to Milan to inspect the work on the location for the new center. It will
require at least 2 more weeks before it is ready to be occupied. A few walls
have been moved, new parquet is being laid in some of the rooms, and the
bathrooms are fitted with new fixtures. There was the Milan Yoga Festival this
month. New TTC graduates were on hand to help operate our table in the exhibit
hall for 3 days. Swami Jnaneswariananda gave a talk on Inner Peace and World
Peace at the Festival. Omkari, who runs the affiliated Centre in Florence,
taught a class to an overflow crowd at the festival. Lots of brochures and
flyers were distributed. Everyone is looking forward to the official opening of
the Centre in November.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Om Namah Sivaya! In early October, it was a quiet week, with a very good
attendance of pupils. Meditations continued on Fridays and Sundays. Every Monday
we performed Kirtan workshop which grows in attendance every week. The advanced
students practiced for the yoga show. We also hosted a workshop on Surya
Namaskar/Sun Salutations, with detailed teachings and practice of greeting the
sun. We explored its spiritual significance, physical benefits while
strengthened skills and knowledge at the same time. Om Shanti to all!!

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. In early October we had the first frost of the season in
Montréal. The days remained nice and sunny. In addition to the regular classes,
we started a Positive Thinking course and held a kriya workshop one weekend. We
welcomed the local sufi group for an amazing evening of music, dancing and
whirling where everyone took part. We had a Lalita Sahasranama Puja for Diwali.
The staff from Val Morin all came with the priests for the celebration. We
finished the evening with a very nice Indian feast. The mood was very

In mid-October the Centre's activities ran as usual, with new Yoga 1 and 2, and
on-going open classes. We were very happy to have Swami Ambikananda and the Val
Morin staff join us for Satsang and Sunday prayers. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Munich, Germany

Om Namah Sivaya. We celebrated Vijaya Dasami and two weeks later Divali with
beautiful Pujas, Mantra chanting and a feast for the participants. Many new
students showed up for the second Open Day in the fall and enrolled for upcoming
courses and classes. The course "Yoga and Anatomy" started its first round with
a strong group of very interested students. This course deals in theory and
practice concentrating on the effects of Asanas on the various organ systems of
the body. A new one day retreat 'Fit with Yoga and Ayurveda" was well attended
and appreciated by the participants. Students had a full Cooking class, meal,
lecture on 'Ayurveda Checklist for healthy nutrition', Asana class and Satsang
on 'Prana-Tejas-Ojas'. A highly motivated group of teachers joined the teachers
further training weekend on the topic "how to integrate beginners into open
classes". The Centre underwent another round of renovation work with new
bathtubs and doors being installed in various parts of the building. The Centre
is getting ready for many upcoming special programmes: weekend workshops with
Swami Sivadasananda and Swami Ramapriyananda as well as a "Yoga and Mantra Day"
and a weekend retreat "Yoga and health food". Pranams.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, New York, USA

Om Namah Sivaya! In early October the Fall season was slowly bringing in lower
temperatures. Swami Sadasivananda returned from the TTC at the Ranch. We were
delighted to welcome Dr Robert Svoboda, who gave four programmes one weekend
with a very interesting and clear talk on the science of Vastu, two workshops on
'Maintaining the Balance in the Time of Crisis', and 'The Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome' attracted some forty students. Dr Svoboda shared his insights into how
to manage our bodies and minds in the times of great changes that are taking
place globally and emphasized the need for simplicity and equanimity. The
weekend ended with a focus on Karma, Samskara, Vasana and Vrtti. Kumari and
Minakshi provided an excellent service in the past months.

In mid-October we had a special guest, David Briscoe, who is one of the leading
experts in Macrobiotics and Healing in the USA today. He gave very well
attended lectures on Acid-Alkaline Diet Balance and Facial Diagnosis, and a
packed cooking workshop. We were very grateful for his wisdom and teachings. The
open classes tend to remain at lower levels than before. A lot of students are
very careful in spending money but the staff are eager to reach out to them. All
staff are sending pranams to all the Sivananda family.

Centre de Yoga Sivananda Vedanta, Paris, France

Om Namah Sivaya. This eventful month started with the 9-day celebration of
Navaratri in honour of the Divine Mother. A south Indian priest performed
beautiful and elevating Pujas which were attended by sincere and devoted
students. Swami Kailasananda gave a special week-end program on the topic of
Creative Visualization which included a very well attended workshop and asana
class and two much appreciated Satsangs entitled "Yoga, the art of right living"
and "What is the goal of my life". The monthly Open Day was very successful with
many newcomers visiting the Centre to participate in the asana demonstration,
trial class and introduction to meditation. People commented feeling inspired
having discovered yoga. Our stand at the Salon Zen, a 5-day exhibition on well-
being in Paris, resulted in positive feedbacks and the ongoing asana
demonstrations left onlookers in awe. The Centre teaching schedule has now been
extended with the newly acquired 1st floor: an extra pregnancy and kids' class
have been added as well as daily soft classes on weekdays. With the help of
karma yogi's, the carpets were removed and the renovation of the wooden floors
will soon start.

Centro Yoga Vedanta Sivananda, Rome, Italy

Om Namah Sivaya, Blessed selves. In mid-October we had a beautiful Satsang with
Swami Mahadevananda. It was very well attended. Swamiji soon left to India and
Japan. We thanked him for all the support and inspiration during his stay in
Italy. Swami Jnaneshwariananada left to Milan and Padmavati and Mahalaksmi left
to Canada. We stated a Yoga 1 on Thursdays. The new teachers from the TTC in
Umbria assisted. Om Shanti.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, San Francisco, California, USA

Om Namo Narayanaya, Blessed Selves. In early October we were excited to present
the grand reopening of the SF Ayurvedic Center, which we celebrated in style
with a "Meet the Healers" party. Ganeshan, our Indian music teacher, and Radha
Devi began the festivities with some ragas interspersed with talks on the
Ayurveda of music. Our main practitioner, Iris Campion, gave a nice talk on the
basics of Ayurveda. Then, we celebrated with a feast prepared with love by
Radhika. We finished the day off by blessing the room with a Vishnu Puja. Guests
had a chance to talk one on one with the healers, view the newly remodelled
treatment room and bathroom, and to learn how Ayurveda fits in line with the
Yogic principles of health. At an evening Satsang Iris read an interesting story
on Dhanvantari. Visitor Padma has been invaluable helping Swami Padmapadananda
with the Prison Project and sharing her computer skills.

In mid-October dream expert Craig Webb joined us for our Sunday Satsang. He
demonstrated biofeedback software and the many ways that this technology can be
used to train the mind. He hooked up one of our guests and showed how the
software monitors brain waves, breathing, hand temperature, skin conductivity,
muscle tension, and other measurements. Then he showed us how they respond to
stress, pranayama, and meditation. We were quite impressed to see technology
prove the secrets that the Rishis intrinsically knew thousands of years ago. We
were sad to say goodbye to our treasured guest, Padma. She dedicated her time
here to helping us make many improvements to the Centre, and we are extremely
grateful. One example of her contribution is the video footage of Swami Padmaji
reading from the Sivananda Upanishad as well as student testimonials, which are
now available on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. Thanks to her we can say we
have finally joined the new millennium. Pranams to all from San Francisco

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel

Om Namah Sivaya. Blessings to all the Sivananda Family.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Om Namah Sivaya. After a long summer at the Yoga Camp, both Saraswati and
Prahlada returned to the Toronto center, bringing in lots of Prana. Students
and teachers were happy to see them. Along with them, Camilo and Kalyani came to
be staff here. Camilo continues his India TTC registrations along with his other
duties. Kalyani took up advertising and publicity tasks with lots of enthusiasm.
We planned poster runs, demonstrations and other methods of attracting more
students. We had lots of people registering for the upcoming Yoga Retreat.
Classes and Courses were with full strength. Prahlada has started Hatha Yoga
Intensive course with room full of students. Saraswati has started a Yamas and
Niyamas Course. She also gave lots of workshops both in September and October.
Also in October, we had an exciting drumming workshop with Rufus. Apart from
this news, a lot of World Wide Yoga Teachers Reunion work was done on the main
website. Arjuna returned back to the Yoga Camp. Pranams to all.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Om Namah Sivaya. In early October all the activities of our Centre contined
smoothly. We started a new yoga class at the Government Women's College in
Trivandrum. 50 students signed up for our classes for one month. We conducted a
yoga talk and demonstration for the college students. We held our weekly
Lalithasahasranama pooja We also conducted a kriya workshop for the beginners
and a meditation workshop with Nataraj Ji, followed by a Satsang. Om Shanthi.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vienna, Austria

Om Namah Sivaya. A highlight of the month was a weekend with Swami Anantananda
who came from Geneva for a special program entitled "Yoga Inspiration". The
asana workshops were well received and the Satsangs on "Yoga Wisdom Tales" and
"Eternal Truths in the Philosophy of East and West" were inspiring for all. Many
new courses began and over the weekends we had a seminar on the topic "Breath –
the Flow of Life", a "Cooking Course for New Vegetarians", and an Open Day where
we received a good number of newcomers. Also over a weekend we renovated the
lady's changing room which looks more welcoming now with a shiny new coat of
paint. Navaratri was celebrated with inspiring Pujas for the Divine Mother,
culminating in Vijaya Dasami and for Deepavali we had an "enlightening" Puja in
candle light with many flower donations.

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Om Namah Sivaya. October 2009 saw the opening of the first Eastern European
Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centre. The open day, on the 4th of October,
attracted over 250 people. Yoga Acharyas Swami Durgananda and Swami
Atmaramananda blessed the Centre with uplifting talks on Swami Vishnudevananda,
sharing their love and enthusiasm with all. The Centre was beautifully prepared
with the support of many close teachers and students. The inauguration started
at 10am with a Puja to the Masters Asana classes was divided into Beginners and
intermediate. The morning intermediate class had 100 students. The number of
students in the beginners' class was large enough that the mats were also in the
hallway. Swami Durgananda delivered a very inspiring lecture on Swami
Vishnudevananda 'life and mission as well as showing hundreds of Photos of
Swamiji. The day concluded with a colourful classical Bharata Natyam Dance.
Bhima came from London to direct the new Centre. The Centre gave its first Yoga
1 and meditation courses. The open classes were variable in numbers and Satsangs
eagerly attended by consciences students. Much work is still to be done.
Preparations were made for new Centre activities. New text was translated for
the internet and announcement sheets. Sivananda cookies were lovingly baked for
the Centre – students like them. Our cash resister arrived. Things ran well due
to the support of the local teachers. Energy was concentrated on Centre
promotions; the main concern was constructing a newsletter, updating the
Internet site and finalising many details. Inserts were put in the brochures
and a flyer run consequently done. More posters were designed for posting within
the Centre. We installed a cash register at the reception later in October. Our
first free trial class was small but well received and successful. One teacher
assisted it to learn. Two recent TTC graduates started to assist the open

God is a question of supply and demand. So is Yogic aspiration.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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